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SWM budget amendments would strengthen human services workforce

Sens. DiDomenico and Lesser file amendments to study pay disparities and create loan repayment for qualified human services workers.

First look at Senate Ways & Means budget bill

The Senate Ways & Means Committee put forth its budget plan on May 10. The full chamber is scheduled to begin debate on May 22 after amendments are filed.

Draft opioid bill includes student loan repay program

The bill was reported out of the Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery with language to establish a repayment program using language from the Council's legislation.

Caring Force honors Sen. DiDomenico, Rep. Farley-Bouvier

The Seventh Annual Caring Force State House Rally brought more than 500 people to Beacon Hill to urge support of Council's loan repayment and fair pay bills.

Ready to rally with The Caring Force? Registration now open

The Seventh Annual Caring Force State House Rally and Lobby Day takes place Tuesday, April 10 at 10 a.m. in the Great Hall.

Legislators seek input on budget; hearings scheduled across Mass.

The Joint Ways & Means Committee has scheduled public hearings around the state to get input on the Fiscal 2019 state budget.

Governor proposes $40.9B budget for FY ‘19

Spending plan would make a significant investment in Department of Mental Health; plus increases for Department of Children and Families and Department of Transitional Assistance.

Save the date! Caring Force Rally is April 10

The Seventh Annual Caring Force Rally and State House Lobby Day happens in the middle of budget season.

Council welcomes Sec. Heffernan to annual ANF luncheon

The event offered human services executives the chance to meet the new ANF secretary and ask questions.

Council, members testify in support of fair pay

The proposed legislation would bring salaries paid to staff of human services provider organization in line with those paid to state workers doing similar jobs.

Council, members testify in support of loan repayment bill

The loan repayment legislation - H.116 and S.42 - would help low-paid human services workers alleviate some of their student loan debt.

Council testifies in opposition to PILOT bills

Joining other statewide associations on Tuesday, June 13, the Providers' Council testified at the State House before the Joint Committee on Revenue against four bills that seek to institute payments in lieu of taxes or create burdensome regulations for tax-exempt nonprofit organizations.

Senate Ways & Means releases FY ‘18 budget plan

Key EOHHS items are funded, and the proposal gives the Governor options with regard to a health care assessment.

Caring Force rallies, honors Speaker DeLeo

Hundreds turned out in support of human services at the Sixth Annual Caring Force State House Rally.

State cuts rates for AFC; budget language would reverse move

The reduction to Adult Foster Care funding sets the rates back to pre-2007 levels.

House proposes $40.33B budget for FY ‘18

The House Ways & Means Committee presented a budget that invests in early education, addiction and recovery services and housing supports but also would assess fines on employers not offering health insurance.

Council seeking solutions to ease burden of student debt

The Council is offering education, legislation and sharing tools and information to help the human service workforce with student debt.

House, Senate schedule budget hearings across state

The Providers' Council encourages members to attend hearing when possible to advocate for funding in the FY '18 budget.

Council releases report on human services workforce crisis

Who Will Care: The Workforce Crisis in Human Services outlines challenges and solutions for community-based nonprofit providers.

Governor launches FY ‘18 budget process with House 1 proposal

The spending bill was generally favorable to human services programs.

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